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USS Honolulu was a Brooklyn-class light cruiser laid down on December 9, 1935 and launched on August 26, 1937. It was commissioned on June 15, the following year under Capt. Oscar Smith’s command with the hull number CL-48 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on February 3, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 868 people on board and had the main missions in Australia, Manus, New Georgia, Kiska, Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, Leyte or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping the same year to Bethlehem Steel. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Honolulu received 8 battle stars.